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Pak ranked 151 below Afghanistan in Press Freedom Index, India 131

January 26, 2012 - Peshawar

Pakistan is ranked 151st in a global media organisation's World Press Freedom Index for 2011-12, lagging a rank behind Afghanistan, and India is ranked 131st.

Paris-based Reporters Sans Frontieres (RSF) said Pakistan was the world's deadliest country for journalists for the second year in a row, with 10 deaths recorded in 2011.

"This year's index sees many changes in the rankings, changes that reflect a year that was incredibly rich in developments, especially in the Arab world," The Daily Times quoted an RSF statement, as saying.

"Many media paid dearly for their coverage of democratic aspirations or opposition movements. Control of news and information continued to tempt governments and to be a question of survival for totalitarian and repressive regimes," it added.

The index also indicated that safety situation for journalists in the Asia-Pacific region was bad.


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